Combined Authority plans second NGT route for 2025 delivery

 

An artist’s impression of an NGT trolleybus in Leeds

 

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has announced plans for a second New Generation Transport trolleybus route in West Yorkshire, despite the government not yet approving the planned first controversial route.

The plans for the new route are contained within an update to the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund which was revealed in December. It includes a revised £1.4bn programme of transport improvements for West Yorkshire and the City of York.

Over 30 projects are scheduled for completion by 2021 with a further six, including a second NGT route to the Aire Valley between Leeds and Wakefield, are scheduled for delivery by 2025.

“This is an ambitious programme designed to meet the objectives we set out when we established the Combined Authority and we are committed to ensuring it is delivered,” said James Lewis, the chair of the CA’s transport committee.

“When we signed the City Deal the transport funding was conditional on our raising finance locally through the levy. This won’t be easy to find given the substantial cuts facing us locally. However, if we want to meet the ambitious objectives we set out when we established the CA, we also need to be prepared to take the difficult decision required to achieve them.”

The announcement of tentative plans for the second route follow the conclusion of the public inquiry into the first NGT corridor at the end of October 2014. In total, the scheme saw 1,880 formal objections to the proposals, including a detailed objection from local bus operator First West Yorkshire, which instead advocated its own alternative New Bus for West Yorkshire proposals.

Martin Whitehead, the inquiry inspector, has indicated that he expected to take until late May 2015 to deliberate and prepare his report, which will then be assessed by the government.

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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